MARCUS VERE – KEYBOARDS
The founder member of Living In A Box, Marcus’ distinct keyboard riffs and punchy arrangements are taken from a diverse range of musical styles from latin, to soul, to the tight sequenced sounds of the early eighties electro-funk outfits, like The System. Marcus has been nominated twice for Ivor Novello Awards for his songwriting with Living In A Box.
ANTHONY “TICH” CRITCHLOW – DRUMS
Inspired by many of the great drummers of the past, from Buddy Rich to Jeff Porcaro, Tich brings a powerhouse of rhythmic talent to the band. Unusual to have a ‘real drummer’ during an era of drum machines and samples, Tich’s unique style is the magic ingredient in the Living In A Box sound.
BRYAN J. CHAMBERS – LEAD VOCALS
Following a highly successful career in the house music scene of the early ‘90s, working with the likes of Cleptomaniacs, Bryan went on to treat a global audience to his stunning lead vocals with Pink Floyd at their iconic “Live At Pompeii” concert. He toured with the band for two years and can be seen on two further DVDs, “Bros Reunion – Live at The 02” and “After The Screaming Stops” which went on to win and National Film Award and a BAFTA.
Bryan has worked with Beverley Knight for many years and famously duetted with her at The London Palladium. He is also
one of the U.K’s most in-demand backing singers and has performed with an amazing array of artists from Prince to Grace Jones, from Marc Almond to Squeeze.
Living In A Box Biography
Formed in Sheffield, England in 1985, the British pop-funk group Living In A Box boomed onto MTV early in 1987 with a song named after themselves. After debuting on the UK chart at #42, within two weeks “Living In A Box” had raced up the charts to #5 and catapulted the band to instant stardom. Further Top 40 hits followed from their eponymous gold-selling debut album with “Scales of Justice” and “So The Story Goes”.
The second album ‘Gatecrashing’ was released in 1989 and the first single “Blow The House Down” went straight to #10, firmly establishing Living In A Box, once again, as ‘chart- toppers’. Waiting in the wings however, was the gigantic hit “Room In Your Heart”. This beautiful ballad, which to this day receives thousands of radio plays across the world and is a YouTube favourite, soared up the charts in October 1989 to #5. “Room In Your Heart” stayed on the chart for 16 weeks; unheard of today.
Differences with the record company over issues following the labels takeover by EMI and the lack of support received from the company in the USA, led to the band splitting up in 1990.
The band briefly reformed in 2004 to take part in the “Here And Now” arena tour. In 2013 the band’s eponymous song “Living In A Box” was included in the second biggest selling video game of all time, Grand Theft Auto V. The game sold over 150 million copies and introduced a whole new generation of fans to the band’s music.
Founder member and songwriter Marcus Vere was back in the charts with ABC’s – Lexicon Of Love II. Debuting on the UK Album Charts at #5 in June 2016, the fabulous sequel album contained the hit singles “Viva Love”, “Flames Of Desire”, “Ten Below Zero” and the deliciously Roxy-esque “Kiss Me Goodbye” all co-written by Vere.
2016 saw Living In A Box tour again with Chrysalis label mate and long time friend Kenny Thomas taking over the lead vocals. Bryan J. Chambers replaces Kenny in 2022.